Unifor celebrates wage increases for NS Early Childhood Educators

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HALIFAX –Unifor is congratulating Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) on their long-fought victory for wage increases following today’s Nova Scotia government announcement to invest an additional $75 million annually in the sector.

“Accessible, affordable, quality child care is what underpins our workforce and it doesn’t work without living wages for ECEs,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Respecting child care workers will ensure the success of the Canada-wide $10-a-day child care plan and strengthen the Canadian economy.”

Members at not-for-profit Town Day Care in Glace Bay, NS, just ratified an agreement in September 2022 with zero wage increases due to funding shortfalls. The union is now confident better agreements can be bargained in the future.

“Child care workers deserve this raise and the commitment from the Nova Scotia government to making a career in early childhood education appealing to young workers and other job-seekers,” said Jennifer Murray, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. “This is also a recognition of the economic value in supporting working parents. We know that money invested in child care more than pays for itself through increased economic activity and workforce participation, so this is a win for all Nova Scotians.”

The union has been a vocal advocate for accessible, affordable, quality child care and has criticized the Ontario government for weakening funding rules for the federal-provincial Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System. 

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries, contact: Unifor National Communications Representative Shelley Amyotte at @email or 902-717-7491.